my name is Andre, I was born in 1977 and my homebase is in northern Germany (Hamburg to be more precise). I earn my paycheck as a network administrator for an insurance company.
After some not so encouraging experiments with SUSE 7.3Pro (yes this was a long time ago), I burried the Linux idea for a long time. Windows became increasingly stabel and l had a steep learning curve which made working with it fun.
Now my job requires me to spend more time on Linux machines and I gave things a second shot and got involved with Mint14. So far I am really impressed and feel the excitement again of really learning something using this OS. I started switching from my Win7 machine some days ago and continue this process step by step, since I do not only want to use Mint, but understand how it works to get a more profound base for my work.
On the private side, I spend my time with active webradio (curently on a hiatus though), classical offline games (board, cosim, tabletop) and devouring books on every occasion I get. Six months ago these hobbies had to share their time with my son who was born in september and keeps daddy running all days long.
Cigarettes are a lot like hamsters ... harmless until you put one in your mouth and light it on fire.